The Presidency

President Cyril Ramaphosa sees off Coronavirus COVID-19 quarantined citizens from The Ranch Resort, 29 Mar

President Cyril Ramaphosa will today, Sunday 29 March 2020, see off the 112 South African citizens who will be reunited with their families after testing negative for coronavirus at the end of their quarantine at the Ranch Resort in Polokwane.

The group was placed under quarantine at the resort from 14 March 2020 after they were repatriated from Wuhan in the Hubei Province of the People’s Republic of China following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

President Cyril Ramaphosa deliver well wishes to South African Police Services and the South African National Defence Force, 26 Mar

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces to send well wishes to Police Services and National Defence Force

President Cyril Ramaphosa will today, 26 March 2020, deliver well wishes to the South African Police Services and the South African National Defence Force ahead of the National Lockdown.

The South African Police Services and the South African National Defence Force will from mid night today play an important role in supporting and enforcing the nations’ compliance with the restriction of movement of people under the National State of Disaster and lockdown.

President Cyril Ramaphosa holds teleconference with AU Bureau members to coordinate the continent’s approach to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, 26 Mar

African Union Bureau to hold discussions 

President Ramaphosa, in his capacity as the Chair of the African Union will today, 26 March 2020, hold a teleconference with the members of the AU Bureau to coordinate the continent’s approach to the coronavirus pandemic.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has tested negative for Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 (COVID-19).

President tests negative for Coronavirus

President Cyril Ramaphosa has tested negative for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The President submitted for testing as a precautionary measure upon the advice of his physicians on Tuesday 24th March 2020 and received his results last night.

As Head of State and Chair of the National Command Council (NCC) the President has a rigorous public engagements schedule; and has, during the course of the last few weeks, held numerous meetings with a wide cross section of people from all walks of life. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa calls for National Day of Prayer in response to coronavirus pandemic

On the eve of the 21-day national lockdown to halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, President Cyril Ramaphosa has invited all South Africans to take part in a National Day of Prayer wherever they are.

The President has, following discussions with religious leaders, called on citizens to observe two minutes of prayer, reflection or silent meditation on Thursday 26 March 2020 between 18:00 and 18:30 hours.  

President Cyril Ramaphosa: Escalation of measures to combat Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

My fellow South Africans,

It is a week since we declared the coronavirus pandemic a national disaster and announced a package of extraordinary measures to combat this grave public health emergency.

The response of the South African people to this crisis has been remarkable.

Millions of our people have understood the gravity of the situation.

Most South Africans have accepted the restrictions that have been placed on their lives and have taken responsibility for changing their behaviour.

President Cyril Ramaphosa urges deeper reflection on national Human Rights Day

President Cyril Ramaphosa has wished all South Africans a reflective national Human Rights Day, and called on all citizens to unite behind the national effort to minimize the rapid spread and ultimately, combat the coronavirus pandemic.

“We observe Human Rights Day at an extraordinary time for our country and the world, as we battle to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19,” President Ramaphosa said.

President Cyril Ramaphosa meets with business and political parties as well as National Command Council on Coronavirus COVID-19, 22 Mar

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s programme for today, Sunday 22 March 2020, is dedicated to key engagements around the national state of disaster occasioned by the outbreak of the coronavirus, beginning with a consultation with business leaders at the Union Buildings.

The engagement with business forms part of a series of meetings the President has held with various stakeholder constituencies – including communities of faith and the nation’s political leadership - in the week since his declaration on 15 March 2020 of the national state of disaster.

President Cyril Ramaphosa: Interfaith Meeting in response to Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak

Remarks by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Interfaith Meeting in response to the coronavirus outbreak, Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House, Tshwane

Deputy President David Mabuza,
Members of the National Command Council present,
Leaders of different faiths,
Representatives from government departments,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is just over a month since I last had an opportunity to meet with our country’s religious leaders. 

It was under very different circumstances. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa meets religious leaders on Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak, 19 Mar

President to meet religious leaders on virus outbreak

President Cyril Ramaphosa will meet with leaders of diverse communities of faith today, Thursday, 19 March 2020, to reinforce the national response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at the Sefako M. Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Tshwane.

President Cyril Ramaphosa and Leaders of Political Parties in Parliament on Coronavirus Outbreak

Statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa and Leaders of Political Parties represented in Parliament on the Coronavirus Outbreak

President Cyril Ramaphosa and Deputy President David Mabuza met this morning with the leaders of all parties represented in Parliament on the global coronavirus pandemic.  All leaders agree that the COVID-19 outbreak poses a grave and real threat to the lives, livelihoods and prosperity of our people.

President Cyril Ramaphosa meets with political parties to combat Coronavirus COVID-19, 18 Mar

President Cyril Ramaphosa will meet with leaders of political parties represented in Parliament tomorrow, Wednesday, 18 March 2020, to discuss the national response to the COVID-19 disaster.

This meeting is part of a series of consultations the President is undertaking with leaders across various sectors of society to ensure that the national effort to combat and contain COVID-19 is inclusive and enjoys the support of all stakeholder groups.

The President declared a national state of disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act on Sunday, 15 March 2020.

President Cyril Ramaphosa postpones meeting with African Union commissioners due to Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic

President postpones meeting with AU commissioners

President Cyril Ramaphosa has, in his capacity as Chair of the African Union, requested a postponement of a meeting - scheduled for Thursday 19 March - with Commissioners of the African Union Commission. The President’s request arises from the priority he is giving to South Africa’s national response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Tshepo Motsepe launches of Kanana Early Childhood Development Centre, 12 Mar

Dr Tshepo Motsepe to address launch of Kanana Early Childhood Development Centre

First Lady Dr Tshepo Motsepe will on Thursday, 12 March 2020, deliver the keynote address at the Launch of the Kanana Early Childhood Care Centre (ECD) at Kanana Township in Orkney.

Dr Motsepe will undertake this engagement in her capacity as Patron of the South African Civil Society for Women’s, Adolescents’ and Children’s Health (SACSoWACH). 

President Cyril Ramaphosa: Measures to combat Coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic

Statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on measures to combat COVID-19 epidemic

Fellow South Africans,

I am addressing you this evening on a matter of great national importance.

The world is facing a medical emergency far graver than what we have experienced in over a century.

The World Health Organisation has declared the coronavirus outbreak as a global pandemic.

There are now more than 162 000 people who have tested positive for the coronavirus across the globe.

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